- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 18, 2006

It simply amazes me to watch the rabid left-wing media and congressional liberals try to make a political issue out of Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting accident (“Cheney accepts blame in shooting,” Page 1, Thursday).

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gave the left-wing Sen. Joseph Biden, Delaware Democrat, a carte-blanche soapbox on which to attack Mr. Cheney. Yes, he and Al Gore make great bookends.

Could this have been handled better by the Mr. Cheney and his staff? Perhaps. But honestly, since it doesn’t involve national security, or any illegalities, I really do not see the big stink, except that coming from the far left.

In fact, I am proud of Mr. Cheney, whose main concern has been and continues to be the health and wellbeing of his injured friend.

DENNIS HAYWARD

New Bern, N.C.

I am wondering just what advantage the press is seeking. Why are they harping on the “hours” elapsed between the vice president’s nightmare and their exalted selves being notified? A nation ho-humming domestic electronic surveillance is hardly going to see Mr. Cheney’s unfortunate experience as anything but an unfortunate accident.

For an hunting accident, it was a rather mild one. The details surrounding Vince Foster’s demise are a bit sketchy even today, more so than the details of Mr. Cheney’s mishap.

They must be “shooting” for something Chappaquiddick.

DAVID SEVERY

Baltimore

“Our printers raven on the agonies of their victims, as wolves do on the blood of the lamb,” Thomas Jefferson said to James Monroe in 1811. Alas, the freedom of the press will continue to thrive and will survive through this media circus of the new millennium.

The people will reclaim the press as their say and watchdog from the pillars they once were. They will become each others’ voices. The free press that once was the medium of the people has now become part of the establishment and just another nuisance to deal with.

Big media is no less an industrial complex than any other. Like the others, it has a profit motive. While many journalists still get misty-eyed as they think of themselves as champions of the little guy, they still belong to a global media business that is just as big as the global petroleum or mining industries.

The media industry today, just as other aging giants, is living in the past, using old ideas while fighting to retain dwindling market share.Just as the aging manufacturing industries fend off the new by offering greater monetary incentives, the dinosaur media holds on by using hype and half-stories.The old media flounders in nuisance as the new free press flourishes through a seemingly infinite number of sources.

No longer do people have to take the old media at face value. The information age is here. More and more people will be drawn to it on a global basis because in this new media the people themselves are becoming each others’ eyes and ears.

Human creativity, entrepreneurship and freedom have led to the explosion of technology that will expand the true ideal of a free press further than the eye can see. Of course, there will be roadblocks as the old movements and organizations put up a fight to stem the free flow of information. If the old media industry could have a tariff enacted to slow the competition, surely it would, but the demand for truth is so great that it will never be stopped.

The new free press will only get stronger as we make our way deeper into this new century. As one day, when a blank piece of paper lies next to the antique printing press, so too will the hulks of the old media buildings lay next to the crumbled brick of those old buggy-whip factories.

JAY CARLSON

Arlington

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